In his speech before the ceremony, Tarlós cited the letter of the EBD as saying that the award was a result of “ten years of work to make Budapest one of the most attractive and most liveable cities, drawing investors, companies and tourists from all over the world.”
Budapest received the most votes ever in the history of the award, Tarlós noted, to leave Paris, Athens, London and Florence behind, he said.
Budapest “is the gateway between the East and the West”, a city with an outstanding heritage, a unique spa culture, and high-quality festivals and gastronomy, Tarlós said.
Source: MTI-Hungary / Hungary Today On the featured photo: Maximilien Lejeune and Mayor István Tarlós. Photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI